Visionary Leaders

Board Members

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Mr. Shehab M. Gargash
Founder and chairman

Prior to establishing Daman, Mr. Gargash enjoyed a successful 12-year banking career in the UAE, initially with Citibank and later with Emirates Bank International (now Emirates NBD).

Mr. Gargash serves as a Director on several regional boards.  Mr. Gargash was a Board Member of the Commercial Bank of Dubai in the UAE (2011 – 2018) and also served as a Board member of Burj Bank in Pakistan (2006 – 2016).  He currently also serves as a Board member of the Coutts & Co. Middle East Advisory Board, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the UAE-UK Business Council.

Mr. Gargash is a frequent public speaker and a commentator on regional socio-economic issues and trends.  He wrote a popular daily column in the UAE’s Al Ittihad newspaper from 1997 to 2008.  Mr. Gargash is also an enthusiastic art collector and has established the Daman Middle East Art Fund which invests in Middle Eastern contemporary art and supports regional artists.

Born in 1966, Mr. Gargash is married with four children.  He holds an MBA and a BBA, both from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.

H.E. Hamad R.AI Nuaimi
Board Member

HE Hamad is currently the Managing Director of His Highness Sheikh Dheyab Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Office and His Highness Sheikh Nayhan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Office, positions he has held since 2000. He is also the Executive Director of Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

H.E. Humaid M.AI Qutami
Board Member

Mr. Humaid holds a Master Degree in Administration from Western Michigan University in U.S.A in 1985. He is having an extended experience in leading and serving the banking & financial industry in UAE. He served as the former General Manager of Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies. Throughout his career, Mr. Humaid has heavily been involving in managing and leading several national and commercial banks. Mr. Humaid is the Chairman of the Commercial Bank of Dubai. His knowledgeable engagement was mainly in the fields of human capital development, enhancing revenue diversification, boosting new areas of investment, and utilization of strategic planning for growth and sustainability.

The diversified experience, from banking, education, health, and training, qualifies Mr. Humaid to contribute a lot to the development of both public and private sectors in UAE. He has contributed a lot to the development of Higher Education institutions in UAE. He also played a significant role in the UAE voluntary movement, as a founder, Chairman and board member of many societies and associations.

H.E. Ahmad Al Darmaki
Board Member

HE Ahmed served as a board member in several local and international reputable companies such as the US-based electrical car manufacturing company TESLA, and is still an active Board Member / Chairman for several other well-known regional and national companies.

Samir M. Gargash
Board Member

Mr Samir Gargash is actively involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors in the UAE. He is also an investor in several industries in the Middle East and Europe.

Mohammad A. Aljallaf
Board Member

Mohammed has served on the boards of several notable companies in Dubai in finance, banking and real estate including Dubai Properties, Dubai Bank, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National General Insurance, Commercial Bank of Dubai and Dubai Investments Park.

Majid Dalmook bin Dalmook
Board Member

His banking career was mainly with two top tier global banks which led to the opportunity to work on several of the largest transactions in the region across various scopes of fund raising, M&A and public listings.

Abdulla A. Qassem
Board Member

Outside the Emirates NBD Group, Abdulla is a Board member of D-Clear Europe Ltd, Smart Stream Technology Group PLC. He is also a Board Member of Numbrs, UAE Banks Federation, Global Tech, Advisory Board MasterCard and Daman Investments PSC.

Abdulla commenced his professional career at Emirates Bank in 1988. In just eight years, he rose to become General Manager, IT Operations and Administration. Since then, has become recognized both regionally and internationally for his business acumen, leadership skills and commitment to driving UAE innovation.